Rwanda has positioned its self at the centre of all luxury gorilla tracking safaris by putting in places and standards that neither of its competitors i.e. Uganda and DR Congo is yet to meet. With the RDB increasing the price to double what it was in May 2017 to now USD1500.00, a clear indicator that the land of a thousand hills is clearly here to impress as a luxury gorilla tracking safari destination in the region. Uganda and DR Congo that also markets out as gorilla tracking destinations still have their rates for the Gorilla permits low with Uganda now at USD700.00 per person per trek and DR Congo now at USD400.00 per person per trek. This increment in the price of the gorilla permit is why the country is considered a luxury gorilla tracking safari destination.
The Rwanda Development Board has ensured that this increment in the price of the gorilla permit goes directly in hand with the improvement of the quality of service offered in the tourism sector and that goes as well to the accommodation facilities put in place.
Being that Rwanda has only 3 national parks to the sale for tourism, the RDB has decided to put all its focus on improving their major earner in tourism which is Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park, the park located in Ruhengeri in the northern part of the country and just about 3 hours away from the capital and with a good road network is easy for them to Market.
What makes Rwanda a luxury Gorilla tracking destination.
The option to use chartered and scheduled flights into the country makes it easy to connect from other destinations. With its national carrier, Rwanda Air has daily flights arriving and departing the country meaning you have options available. They do have direct flights coming in from all over the world which has made access easy for many and avoiding the many connecting flights. For domestic flights, Akagera Aviation offers charter helicopters to transfer you anywhere around the country that you may want to go and many luxury travelling clients would opt for this scenic view of the country of a thousand hills as they head to the lodge. For those who choose to drive to the park, 4×4 land cruisers, with state of the art services, Air conditioner and WIFI pre-installed, comfortable with an inbuilt fridge to carry cold drinks while on safari and poop up roof for viewing and photography.
High price of the Gorilla permit.
When it comes to the price of the gorilla permits, no one beats Rwanda at the price with more than double the price of the Uganda Gorilla permit and selling at least 4 time the DR Congo permit, Uganda’s gorilla permit of USD1500.00 is by far the most expensive in the region meaning only luxury travellers can afford to do the experience given the associated budget. The permits are sold through the RDB and one has to have the gorilla pass to be able to see the permit. Even at the high price, the permits tend to sale out meaning you have to book them in advance for your trip. Contact us for permits availability and booking.
Accommodation at the park.
With the desire to sell Rwanda as a luxury destination brought about the establishment of top high-end lodges that are game changes for all their competitors in the region, state of the art service and facilities. This high investment in lodging all indicates towards a new era luxury gorilla tracking safari experience. Among these are:
Which is strategically located within the volcanoes national park is one of the latest establishments in the area that offers the best quality and value for money for anyone staying here. The lodge offers exclusive services to those very high end and high profile clients who would wish to visit and they can block off the facility for you on the dates you wish to stay there. The lodge overlooks the peaks of Karismibi and Bisoke Volcanoes and with one of the Gorilla families roaming areas around the lode would be a great sitting on a chill evening at the lodge. The lodge partners with the local community hence giving back in terms of employment and buying of food from them hence improving the livelihood of many.
One of the best in Africa and non-compared to it in East Africa, the lodge perched high on a ridge has a stunning view of the Virunga volcanoes and the valley. Service that comes in relation to the price charged, the lodge is one to stay for those on a luxury safari and gives you the total value of your money’ worth. From the room, the food and personalized service offered for those staying there, this should be the first lodge that comes to your mind and also comes with on the house alcoholic drink for all your stay. Located just 10 minutes from the park headquarters, this lodge is the perfect place to stay.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is the first community-owned lodge in Rwanda. Built and is operated by Governors’ Camp Collection, but ownership rests to Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association which uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to the National Park. The lodge is looked very close to the park and visitors can walk to the park headquarters to start there trek. The lodge offers to stay in there the main lodge or the guest cottages which have all been constructed and styled to suit your stay with great comfort.
Elsewhere to do a luxury gorilla safari trip.
Rwanda is famous for luxury gorilla safaris but it’s not the only destination, Uganda and DR Congo offer an alternative of luxury gorilla trips even at a much lesser rate but still getting the same services. With Uganda the options are endless as one can be able to combine both Rwanda and Uganda on the same trip, domestic charter and scheduled flights are available landing in Kihihi and Kisoro Airstrips, the Gorilla permit for Uganda being cheap means one can do two treks for the same price of the Rwanda Gorilla permit or choose the option of Gorilla Habituation experience which gives you up to 4 hours with the Gorillas when you meet them. Among some of the lodge for stay included Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, and 4 Gorillas Lodge etc. the services offered are top class and also offer exclusivity of the lodge if requested for.
If you choose to do the trip in DR Congo, just know you’re in for an even much discount as the permit goes for just USD450.00 meaning you can do as many treks as you like for the same price of the Rwanda Gorilla permit and there are lodges that will meet your requirements as well like the Mikeno Lodge in DR Congo.
How to book a Gorilla safari.
This is best recommended to be done by a recognized safari company to ensure that all services are booked and confirmed. Encounter Africa Safaris provides you with a solution to the search of a company to use. We offer quality service and are very reliable when it comes to arranging trips based on our experience over the years in handling this and you can always check on our TripAdvisor and Safari Bookings to know more about our reputation.